It’s 9:30 in the morning on Saturday, and like many of our fellow artists, I’m still trying to decide if I should take the time to just relax after a 70 hour week or drag myself out the door to check out Monsterpalooza. Like many of my friends and co workers, I seem to find a way to turn everything we do to work in one way or another. Personal me is fighting for another hour of sleep, starting the debate with work me. Why go to Monsterpalooza? I’m in the studio two to three times a week from big films to AAA games and everything in between, so it’s easy for my personal side to say "it’s ok to just sleep in, there’s amazing art around all the time!" But work me is more understanding and thinks it would be cool to step outside the usual, meet some new faces, as well as shake hands with old friends while enjoying the mix of emerging talent and historical artists. If i'm going to go, I should take a camera and share the experience. I need to pack quickly to catch a picture of the line outside!
Work me wins. Personal me is the driver though so I decide to purchase tickets at the door after lunch because I already have an image of what the line will look like in my head from past events, and I have no desire to wait 2 hours at the opening. In my experience, if there is one experience all artists share, it’s the magical ability to wait til the last minute. To my surprise, the line is wrapped around the building with only one ticket booth that doesn't seem to be working! Luckily, standing outside of the event for 30 minutes is almost as rewarding as being on the inside. Within minutes Rick Baker and a few dozen other artists walk by, as well as some close friends working on cool projects from books to films to their own IP. If you live in LA long enough, you become your own cooperation. It could be that universal waiting to the last minute thing, however I heard some waited as long as 4 hours to get in. This was the only hiccup in the event from what I could tell and a warning to get there early.
Cameron Davis - this guy deserves a hand from all of us for his dedication. If you haven't checked out his book you should consider it and if you check out his Facebook post your best wishes. There are few artist I've worked with that have such a vivid imagination!
Sometimes all you have to do is get out of the house to be thankful you did. There is a culture at 'palooza for sure. Slipknot t shirts, custom made clothing, and a style somewhere between Mad Maxx and Mos Eisley. Once inside, it’s interesting to see some legends sitting next to 20 something kids with 3D prints mixed between an artist crossing successfully between practical and digital dimensions. Monsterpalooza doesn't feel as much like work as several of the bigger events and feels as if it is building into one of the most important and somewhat ego free. It’s been 2 years since my last trip and I will make sure to be covering the next event!
With so much time online these days, everyone seems to be socially dialed into their groups and friend list, but nothing beats the effect of attaching the faces to the art and practicing listening to the cool things that your friends are doing and supporting their efforts over the need to broadcast. If I've learned anything from work me, it was how rewarding it was to show up take pics and say good job or thanks to all those people that are always on the walkie talkie but live across the street. Thanks to the artists, writers, risk takers, and friends. new and old. and most of all Monsterpalooza for a great event!